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Saturday 21 October 2017

No action against Ivanovic

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, second left, clashes with Everton's James McCarthy
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, second left, clashes with Everton's James McCarthy

Branislav Ivanovic will not face any action over his clash with James McCarthy but both Chelsea and Everton have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players.

Chelsea's Serbian defender tangled with Everton midfielder McCarthy during a melee after the sending-off of Gareth Barry in the 86th minute of the London side's 1-0 win on Wednesday.

A panel of former referees studied the incident but decided it was not worthy of a red card. However both clubs face disciplinary action for "failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour".

The FA also investigated claims made on social media that Ivanovic had bitten McCarthy - the body studied all video footage and contacted Everton - and found conclusively he had not done so.

Everton and Chelsea have until 6pm on February 17 to respond to the charge.

Regarding Ivanovic, an FA statement read: "Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic will not face any further action in relation to an incident involving Everton's James McCarthy in the 86th minute.

"In Premier League matches, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any, action they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.

"For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel did not believe the conduct was worthy of a dismissal."

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had threatened to walk out of his post-match media conference when asked about the possible headbutt by Ivanovic.

Mourinho, last month fined £25,000 for saying there was a ''clear campaign'' against Chelsea, was not prepared to discuss the possibility the Serbia defender could face action.

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